Seance for a Vampire (Dracula Series #8)

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a confection featuring both Rumania's most famous legend and England's greatest detective, a stolid prose style could have been a virtue, an understated elegance. Yet the two voices of this novel--Prince Dracula's and Dr. Watson's, narrating events that befell Sherlock Holmes--are virtually indistinguishable and far too plodding to spice up a rather drab story. It is 1903, and Holmes has been engaged to investigate the drowning death of Louisa Altamont, fiancee of the young American journalist Martin Armstrong. During a seance conducted by the sister-brother team of Sarah and Abraham Kirkaldy, Louisa appears--and Holmes vanishes from sight. Meanwhile, Vladimir Kulakov, a pirate hanged in London 38 years earlier, has made a startling reappearance in St. Petersburg. Watson quickly enlists the aid of Prince Dracula, here Holmes's vampire cousin, to find Holmes and put matters to rights. Saberhagen (the Berserker series, The Holmes - Dracula Files ) intertwines his invented characters with existing literary personalities to an empty, if pleasant, effect: none of the made-up figures seems more than a caricature, although Sarah Kirkaldy's affair with Dracula does have its moments. Ardent Holmes and/or vampire fans may enjoy seeing their heroes in new situations, but others are advised to read the originals. (June)
Library Journal
When Sherlock Holmes disappears during an investigation involving a fraudulent spiritualist, Dr. Watson reluctantly summons the famous detective's distant cousin-Count Dracula-to save Holmes's life and solve a mystery centered around a legend of pirates and buried treasure. Fans of Saberhagen's ``Dracula'' series will applaud the return of the immortal count, while Victorian aficionados will appreciate this tidy mystery's fidelity to period detail. Recommended for most libraries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812533484
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/28/1997
  • Series: Dracula Series, #8
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 4.21 (w) x 6.77 (h) x 0.91 (d)

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  • Posted December 7, 2010

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    Even a Great Detective Needs Occasional Help From an Old Friend

    Another of the author's imaginative books (there now are two) in which our old friend, Count Dracula, shows up in England to aid Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson in solving a murder and subsequent mayhem associated with a nosferatu. That is, a vampire. In this case a hanged Russian pirate looking for revenge against a thieving partner's progeny. These innocent people are caught up in this demon's plan and only cooperative work among Holmes and his associates, including the mysterious Mr Prince, allows for the favorable resolution of this nightmare. Even, Sherlock's older brother Mycroft is involved. The narrative is fast paced and the characters are fleshed out in the usual Saberhagen manner. That is to say, in interesting and real ways. The locales in the story are well described and add exotic overlay near the conclusion. I recommend all the author's works and this was enjoyable and fun to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2001


    Fans of Fred Saberhagen's earlier Dracula series books will recognize the author's attempt to pick up from The Holmes-Dracula File the characters of Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, and Prince Vlad Draculya and write another adventure for them. But Saberhagen failed to capture the flavor of not only Holmes and Watson, but also his own Dracula. Having both Dr. Watson and the Prince narrate their story within the same chapter confuses and annoys the reader. It is just a so-so story. Saberhagen fans can skip this one and not miss anything.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2000

    Waste of time

    I am not a big fun of this series in general, but some other books are readable (Such as 'Dracula's Tape' or 'Friend of the Family'). For that matter, 'The Holmes Dracula' file is much more decent then this. This is just way too flat and borrrring!

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